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NCJ Number: 91494 Find in a Library
Title: Responsibilities Between Arson Investigators and Firefighters
Author(s): J R Anderson; C P Magner; D Woodson; C Reinmiller; W P Kantor; B G Pulver; B J Rose; R Reape; W C McKee; C R Scratchard; C R Loving
Date Published: 1983
Page Count: 11
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This discussion instructs firefighters on attitudes and actions they should perform at a fire scene that will maintain their own safety as well as provide useful information to police arson investigators and subsequently the prosecution.
Abstract: Since firefighters have initial contact with persons reporting a fire and with the scene itself, it is vital that they obtain witness reports of the early stages of the fire, document witness data, and observe the progression of the fire for signs that may be indicators of fire origin. Furthermore, firefighting activity distorts much of the scene and obliterates clues needed by the fire investigator, and for this reason, cooperation and information exchange between the two are crucial. The work of fire investigators begins after a fire has been extinguished and requires many hours of unpleasant and exacting physical activity in addition to extensive knowledge and reasoning ability. Mutual understanding of each other's responsibilities, challenges and skills should promote an effective working relationship between firefighters and fire investigators. Four footnotes and seven bibliography items are given.
Index Term(s): Arson investigations; Firefighters; Police-fire operation consolidation
Note: Fire/Arson Investigation, September 12-30, 1983
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